Negative Electron Affinity (NEA) activated GaAs photocathodes are the most popular option for generating a high current (>1 mA) spin-polarized electron beam. Despite its popularity, a short operational lifetime is the main drawback of this material. Recent works have shown that the lifetime can be improved by using a robust Cs-Sb-O NEA layer with minimal adverse effects. In this work, we operate GaAs photocathodes with this new activation method in a high voltage environment to extract a high current. We demonstrate that improved chemical resistance of Cs-Sb-O activated GaAs photocathodes allowed them to survive a day-long transport process from a separate vacuum system using a vacuum suitcase. During beam running, we observed spectral dependence on lifetime improvement. In particular, we saw a 45% increase in the lifetime at 780 nm on average for Cs-Sb-O activated GaAs compared to Cs-O activated GaAs. © 2022 Author(s).

Operation of Cs-Sb-O activated GaAs in a high voltage DC electron gun at high average current

Galdi A.
Methodology
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2022

Abstract

Negative Electron Affinity (NEA) activated GaAs photocathodes are the most popular option for generating a high current (>1 mA) spin-polarized electron beam. Despite its popularity, a short operational lifetime is the main drawback of this material. Recent works have shown that the lifetime can be improved by using a robust Cs-Sb-O NEA layer with minimal adverse effects. In this work, we operate GaAs photocathodes with this new activation method in a high voltage environment to extract a high current. We demonstrate that improved chemical resistance of Cs-Sb-O activated GaAs photocathodes allowed them to survive a day-long transport process from a separate vacuum system using a vacuum suitcase. During beam running, we observed spectral dependence on lifetime improvement. In particular, we saw a 45% increase in the lifetime at 780 nm on average for Cs-Sb-O activated GaAs compared to Cs-O activated GaAs. © 2022 Author(s).
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